Sunday, February 5, 2012

Ice Storm of 2012

When I was a kid I remember hearing my folks talk about "The big flood of 1960" or "The wind storm of 1965", it goes on and on.  We'll I have one for them now......The Ice Storm of 2012.  Boy did we get hit!  I think there was over an inch of ice on my car that day, work was postponed until 10am, but I called and said I was not driving 40 minutes on ice, wasn't going to happen.  The huge trees in our yard and all around us were covered in ice. During the day you could hear random branches snap and then fall. That evening is when ours couldn't take the weight of the ice any longer and started snapping and breaking. The first one to fall made a huge snap, just like gun fire, my husband and I were in the living room, looked
at each other and braced for the hit.  That one landed right by the front door,
missing the house by inches. 

I think we had a total of 4 huge branches fall that any one of them would have put a hole in the house had they hit, all missed us by inches.  The big event was the branch that fell over the power line to the shop and my moms new place. My mom said it looked like fire works from her house.  The hit knocked the line from the breaker box so it was jumping with live electricity between the shop and the bumper of my car! Then the line heated up and caught the  transformer at the road on fire!

The shop and my mom were without power for a week.  We had partial power that night and found that another branch had fallen on our power line.  We got that cut off, but a crew had to come out and fix the live wire that was hanging from the pole that night, I think we got full power around midnight. We are so thankful to have had no fires or roof damage. I believe our Guardian Angels were working overtime that night! Now all we have left to do is pick up sticks.....

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